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Primary Screams

Know what is very funny? The personality changes which happen in some of the most avid supporters during the US Democratic presidential primaries.

I recall the same phenomenon from 2008:

Suddenly usually thoughtful people who enjoy debating stuff become intolerant of anyone who is not of the body. Suddenly, only evidence tilting one way is packed into the debating bags. Suddenly, previously politically agnostic individuals develop that red-hot religious fervor, that intolerance to anyone thinking differently or even suggesting nuances or complications in the tale of the Hero's Ascension. Disagreement becomes impossible, because it is interpreted as proof that one is not of the body, as proof that one is (gasp!) the enemy.

So does any of that matter? After all, it's just people advocating for their chosen candidate.

I believe it does, because non-stop advocacy introduces bias into the conversations and because advocacy makes planning for the general elections and the possible responses from the Republicans that much harder.

For an advocate the goal is that missionary one: to convert others. For an "analyst"* the goal is to understand both the positives and negatives of the candidates and to try to predict what might happen in the general elections. The latter includes being prepared for the potential Republican attacks. Advocacy hinders that preparation.



Bernie Sanders has a Secret Service nickname.

Washington (CNN)The U.S. Secret Service has given Democratic presidential Bernie Sanders the code name "Intrepid."

Sources familiar with the Vermont senator's security moniker confirmed it to CNN Thursday. The Bill Press Show tweeted out Sanders code name Thursday morning. Both the Sanders campaign and the Secret Service declined to comment.

Sanders was granted Secret Service protection just two days after narrow loss in Iowa, based in part on his large crowd sizes.


Karl Rove bamboozles the IRS: His dark money machine gets "social welfare" blessing

In a farcical abuse of common sense and the American taxpayer, the Internal Revenue Service has granted Crossroads GPS, the dark-money machine of Karl Rove, the Republicans’ guru of attack politics, status as a tax-exempt “social welfare” organization. This means it can keep its deep-pocketed campaign donors secret. The ludicrous I.R.S. finding that the group is not primarily what it so obviously is — a strident G.O.P. operation that should be required to name its donors — is essentially a license for it to run amok in the current federal election cycle with anonymous, unlimited donations.

The ruling, quietly made in November and brought to light this week by the Center for Responsive Politics, signals a shameful retreat by the I.R.S. from enforcing regulations intended to prevent abuses of the nonprofit tax law by campaign operatives. The agency had come under attack from Tea Party and other right-wing groups for questioning their claims to be “social welfare” exemptions, and the Rove ruling is the latest result. It can only invite more partisan operatives to pretend to have society’s nonpolitical interests at heart as they fill campaign troughs with money from hidden donors.

Since pioneering this fiction, Mr. Rove has proved to be no Mother Teresa of a social welfare advocate, as he strategizes obsessively for Republican hegemony. His group has spent $330 million on election ads and candidate support since it was created in 2010, after the Supreme Court freed corporations and unions from political spending limits, according to the center’s watchdog blog, Open Secrets. The dodge has become bipartisan, with President Obama’s re-election helped by the Democrats’ Priorities USA Action operation as a “social welfare” organization under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code.


Donald Trump meets The Honeymooners

This short video imagining Donald Trump meeting with The Honeymooners’ Alice and Ralph Kramden is one of the more satisfying mashups I’ve seen in recent memory. Enjoy!


Republicans 'asked Iran to delay prisoner swap' until after US election

Treason if true.

Latest update : 2016-02-12
Members of the US Republican Party asked officials in Tehran to delay a January prisoner swap until after the 2016 presidential election, an Iranian admiral told FRANCE 24 on Thursday.

Iran released four US citizens being held in Iran on January 16, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian. In return the US said it was offering clemency to seven Iranians being held for sanctions violations and dropped charges against 14 more.

In his first interview with French media, Admiral Ali Shamkhani, who is secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, told FRANCE 24 that US Republicans – wary of allowing President Barack Obama to win a public relations victory ahead of the US presidential election in November – asked for the swap to be put on hold.

“We were carrying out negotiations with the Obama administration, when representatives of the Republican Party got in touch with us,” Shamkhani said. “As a favour, they asked us to do what we could to hinder the talks and to push them back until after the next US presidential elections – in other words, after President Obama's departure.”

“I felt that this rivalry at the heart of American power was inappropriate,” Shamkhani added.


"Pro-Black Is NOT Anti-White"


"In bed with Trump"

National Syndicated Radio Host Michael Berry: "Black Folk Don't Need To Hear No Economics"

National Syndicated Radio Host Michael Berry: "Black Folk Don't Need To Hear No Economics"
Berry: "What You Can't Blame The System For Is When A Black Man Makes A Baby With A Black Woman With No Intention Of Taking Care Of It. That Ain't Whitey's Fault."

MICHAEL BERRY: Bernie Sanders' meeting with Al Sharpton yesterday. None of these people are speaking out on the basis of economic policy, foreign policy. None of these things affect whether life in this country will be wonderful because of opportunity. All of this is related to what are you going to do for blacks? What are you going to do for us? Those are the words that come out. But what they really mean is what are you going to do for me? How much I'm going to get paid? What I'm going to get out this deal?

CNN's Marc Lamont Hill says, quote, "Bernie Sanders has to put himself in a position where black voters see him as the conscious choice, see him as the one who reflects their sensibilities. He has not done that purely by talking economics."

You can't talk economics. We talking about black folk here! Black folk don't need to hear no economics! Next line.

'"He has to talk to our racial pain, our racial realities." In other words, he has to talk down to us.

Headline yesterday: Over 40 percent of babies born in American in 2015 were to fatherless woman, fatherless homes. Over 40 percent. If you look at just blacks -- want to talk about the black experience today? Last time I checked, I think it was three-quarters. Might have been two-thirds but I think it was three-quarters of babies born in America. Listen, I got news for you. When you attack a cop, you can blame him for shooting back. When you break the laws, even if they're stupid, you knew what the law was, and you get caught, you're going to jail. You can blame the system. But what you can't blame the system for is when a black man makes a baby with a black woman, with no intention of taking care of it. That ain't whitey's fault. And that's the biggest problem because every little baby that's plopped out is gonna grow into a man or a woman, and many times without any direction.


RUBIO: “I just bit into a Twix bar and I go, ‘Man this Twix bar’s got something really hard in it’”

Marco Rubio apparently cracked a molar Wednesday night while eating a candy bar aboard a flight to Washington, D.C.

On Thursday, the Republican presidential candidate told reporters that the candy bar was frozen.

“I just bit into a Twix bar and I go, ‘Man this Twix bar’s got something really hard in it,’” Rubio said of the incident, according to The Wall Street Journal. “And I go, ‘Oh my gosh, I cracked my tooth.’”


Too late

Conservative elite are panicked, saying Trump will devour the GOP
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